A 42-year-old male asked:
I have been taking 0.1 mg of fludrocortisone for year to treat pots. is it safe for me to tale the covid vaccine. its just that fludrocortisone has a warning saying people taking it should not take any vaccine. thanks?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Fludrocortisone is a steroid. Steroids inhibit the immune system. Persons taking Fludrocortisone are warned against taking vaccines for two reasons. The depressed immune system won't be able to mount an appropriate response to the vaccine, therefore, it will be ineffective in making you "immune to the disease". In the case of partially inactivated or live vaccines, you could get the disease.
Reviewed Mar 26, 2021
Neurology 52 years experience
This is a mineralocorticoid, and has a lower immune system effect than a glucocorticoid. This would not be at all a contra-indication for the COVID-19 vaccine. Your antibody response may be slightly reduced, but nonetheless, best to take the "jab". There is NO risk of the vaccine triggering infection due to lack of live viral particles.
Reviewed Mar 27, 2021
Last updated Mar 27, 2021
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.